Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Grimsby were held by rivals Lincoln as both sides ended the match with 10 men.

Alan Power volleyed the Imps into the lead from 20 yards, but they saw keeper David Preece forced off by injury.

And soon his replacement, Paul Farman, was beaten by Ian Miller's header from Joe Colbeck's free-kick to level.

Town had defender Aswad Thomas sent off for violent conduct before a serious foul from 88th-minute substitute Adam Smith reduced the Imps to 10.

The draw means that Grimsby lie just one point above second-placed Wrexham in the table without a defeat in seven league games, while Lincoln lie in 14th.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Grimsby Town joint boss Paul Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I think when you consider that we had to finish the game with 10 men and the fact that we haven't played well today then it probably a point gained.

"I still felt when we went forward early in the game we looked like we caused them problems but we were second best to a lot of second balls.

"We didn't pass the ball which is unusual for us. It was a very scrappy game."

Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"We wanted to come and win the game and set up to have a go. We spoke a lot about the previous game (against Grimsby) and the individual errors but I've got no problem with my boys today, they did us proud. They're on cloud nine because we've been the better side.

"Our frustration is in the officiating. In the first half, either we should have had a clear goal or the player's clearly handled the ball and the ref and the officials got it completely wrong so we can feel frustration in that but I'm absolutely proud of my players.

"The spirit that's within our camp has been typified by today. There'll be good days and bad days but the Lincoln fans will have seen their team play with pride, passion commitment and integrity today and they'll be going home very proud, I would imagine."

Lineup, Bookings (10) & Substitutions (6)

Grimsby Town

  • 13 McKeown Booked
  • 02 Hatton
  • 03 Thomas Dismissed
  • 06 Miller
  • 04 Niven
  • 07 Colbeck Booked (Wood - 73' Booked )
  • 08 Disley Booked
  • 22 Pond
  • 26 Marshall
  • 12 Cook (Rankine - 82' )
  • 18 Pearson (Southwell - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Pearson
  • 19 Wood
  • 21 Thanoj
  • 20 Southwell
  • 27 Rankine

Lincoln City

  • 31 Preece (Farman - 17' )
  • 02 Robson
  • 05 Boyce
  • 06 Garner Booked
  • 20 Miller Booked
  • 08 Power
  • 12 Sheridan Booked (Smith - 88' Dismissed )
  • 15 Gray
  • 16 Nicolau Booked (Larkin - 78' )
  • 10 Taylor
  • 14 Oliver

Substitutes

  • 01 Farman
  • 35 Morgan
  • 07 Smith
  • 34 Larkin
  • 39 Robinson
Ref: Evans
Att: 7,405

Match Stats

Shots

8 23

On target

4 9

Corners

3 11

Fouls

10 18

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:57 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:14

Bradley Wood takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +3:14 Dismissal

Dismissal Adam Smith sent off.

90:00 +3:07

Adam Smith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bradley Wood.

90:00 +2:01

Dayle Southwell takes a shot.

90:00 +0:58

The ball is swung over by Alan Power.

90:00 +0:27

Alan Power takes a shot. Ian Miller gets a block in. Corner taken by Alan Power from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Craig Disley.

86:53

Direct free kick taken by Paul Farman.

86:53 Substitution

Substitution Jake Sheridan goes off and Adam Smith comes on.

86:53 Booking

Booking Booking for Craig Disley.

86:48

Craig Disley is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

86:05

Alan Power takes a shot. Michael Rankine gets a block in.

85:15 Booking

Booking The referee shows Bradley Wood a yellow card.

84:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Sheridan by Bradley Wood. Tom Miller takes the direct free kick.

84:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Vadaine Oliver on Bradley Wood. James McKeown restarts play with the free kick.

82:54

Scott Garner produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

82:19

Corner taken by Alan Power from the right by-line, clearance made by Nathan Pond.

81:10 Substitution

Substitution Andy Cook goes off and Michael Rankine comes on.

81:10

Sam Hatton takes the direct free kick.

81:10 Booking

Booking Jake Sheridan receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

80:59

Jake Sheridan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Marshall.

77:33 Substitution

Substitution Colin Larkin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nicky Nicolau.

75:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Gray on Andy Cook. Free kick taken by Sam Hatton.

75:42

Nicky Nicolau concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Hatton. James McKeown takes the direct free kick.

75:19

Jamie Taylor takes a shot. Ian Miller gets a block in.

74:37

Paul Robson challenges Marcus Marshall unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Hatton. The assistant referee flags for offside against Tom Miller. Free kick taken by Sam Hatton.

73:15

Jamie Taylor produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

71:26 Booking

Booking The referee books Tom Miller for unsporting behaviour.

70:38 Dismissal

Dismissal Aswad Thomas sent from the field by the ref for violent conduct.

70:30 Substitution

Substitution Joe Colbeck goes off and Bradley Wood comes on.

70:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aswad Thomas on Tom Miller. Tom Miller takes the direct free kick. Headed effort from deep inside the area by Scott Garner misses to the left of the goal.

68:11

Craig Disley takes a shot. Andrew Boyce gets a block in.

66:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Boyce on Andy Cook. Sam Hatton crosses the ball, Dayle Southwell takes a shot. Tom Miller makes a save.

65:57

Header from deep inside the area by Andrew Boyce goes over the bar.

64:02

Alan Power produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

63:25

Scott Garner challenges Sam Hatton unfairly and gives away a free kick. James McKeown takes the free kick.

62:56

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Nicky Nicolau, Sam Hatton makes a clearance.

59:44

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joe Colbeck.

59:22

The ball is crossed by Marcus Marshall, clearance by Andrew Boyce.

58:20 Substitution

Substitution Dayle Southwell is brought on as a substitute for Greg Pearson.

58:20

The referee blows for offside against Jamie Taylor. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

57:24

Daniel Gray produces a cross, Nathan Pond makes a clearance.

55:30

Jamie Taylor takes a shot. James McKeown makes a save.

54:09

Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Nicolau from the right by-line to the near post, Scott Garner produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

53:11

Foul by Jake Sheridan on Aswad Thomas, free kick awarded. Joe Colbeck takes the free kick.

51:02

Craig Disley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vadaine Oliver. Paul Farman takes the free kick.

49:02

Vadaine Oliver takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Pond. Alan Power takes a shot. Ian Miller gets a block in.

47:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Gray on Andy Cook. Sam Hatton restarts play with the free kick.

47:17

Jake Sheridan challenges Aswad Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. James McKeown takes the direct free kick.

46:03

Jamie Taylor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by James McKeown.

45:22

Nicky Nicolau delivers the ball.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +5:14 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +1:18

Joe Colbeck sends in a cross.

44:51 Booking

Booking Booking for Nicky Nicolau for unsporting behaviour.

44:20

Joe Colbeck fouled by Nicky Nicolau, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Hatton takes the direct free kick.

43:49

Nicky Nicolau crosses the ball, Jake Sheridan takes a shot. Save by James McKeown.

42:17

Derek Niven challenges Jamie Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Power takes the free kick.

41:16

Corner taken right-footed by Alan Power to the near post, Craig Disley makes a clearance. Short corner taken by Nicky Nicolau.

40:27

Greg Pearson concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Farman. Paul Farman restarts play with the free kick.

40:14

The ball is delivered by Sam Hatton, save by Paul Farman.

36:12

Corner taken by Nicky Nicolau, Ian Miller makes a clearance.

36:09

Jake Sheridan takes a shot. Ian Miller gets a block in.

34:35

Effort from deep inside the box by Andrew Boyce hits the post. Jamie Taylor takes a shot. Save by James McKeown. Corner taken by Nicky Nicolau, clearance made by Nathan Pond. Corner taken by Alan Power from the left by-line played to the near post, Craig Disley manages to make a clearance.

33:51

Derek Niven challenges Alan Power unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robson.

32:52

Joe Colbeck delivers the ball, Greg Pearson produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

30:40

Foul by Jake Sheridan on Aswad Thomas, free kick awarded. James McKeown restarts play with the free kick.

30:16

Vadaine Oliver takes a shot. Save by James McKeown.

29:54

Daniel Gray concedes a free kick for a foul on Derek Niven. Free kick taken by Aswad Thomas.

28:54

Nicky Nicolau takes a shot. Save by James McKeown. Jake Sheridan takes a shot. Aswad Thomas gets a block in.

28:20

Ian Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Taylor. Tom Miller restarts play with the free kick.

27:10

Andy Cook is penalised for a handball. Paul Farman takes the indirect free kick.

26:24

Nicky Nicolau produces a cross, Jake Sheridan takes a shot. Save made by James McKeown.

25:44

The ball is sent over by Nicky Nicolau, Nathan Pond manages to make a clearance.

23:46

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Nicolau from the right by-line, save made by James McKeown.

22:59

Nathan Pond concedes a free kick for a foul on Vadaine Oliver. Free kick taken by Tom Miller.

21:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Ian Miller - Grimsby 1 - 1 Lincoln A goal is scored by Ian Miller from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Grimsby 1-1 Lincoln City.

20:30

Marcus Marshall fouled by Alan Power, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Colbeck produces a cross,

19:28

Vadaine Oliver has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

17:52

The ball is delivered by Aswad Thomas, Craig Disley has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

16:33 Substitution

Substitution Paul Farman comes on in place of David Preece.

13:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Greg Pearson by Tom Miller. Sam Hatton takes the direct free kick.

13:01

The ball is sent over by Paul Robson, clearance made by Ian Miller.

12:09

Joe Colbeck challenges David Preece unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Preece.

11:27 Booking

Booking Joe Colbeck is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

11:07 Booking

Booking Booking for James McKeown for unsporting behaviour.

9:59

Joe Colbeck takes a shot. Save by David Preece.

8:41 Goal scored

Goal! - Alan Power - Grimsby 0 - 1 Lincoln Alan Power scores a goal from just outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Grimsby 0-1 Lincoln City.

6:13

Ian Miller challenges Vadaine Oliver unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Power crosses the ball, Headed effort on goal by Vadaine Oliver from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

5:08

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joe Colbeck played to the near post, clearance by Vadaine Oliver.

3:55

Free kick crossed right-footed by Joe Colbeck from left wing, clearance by Alan Power. Corner taken by Joe Colbeck from the left by-line played to the near post, Paul Robson makes a clearance.

3:55 Booking

Booking Scott Garner is cautioned.

3:28

Foul by Scott Garner on Marcus Marshall, free kick awarded.

3:08

The ball is delivered by Jamie Taylor, James McKeown makes a save.

2:37

Marcus Marshall produces a cross, David Preece manages to make a clearance.

1:27

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Nicolau from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Craig Disley.

0:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Garner on Marcus Marshall. Joe Colbeck takes the direct free kick. Derek Niven takes a shot. Jamie Taylor gets a block in.

0:18

Jamie Taylor is ruled offside. James McKeown takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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